The RIBA Plan of Work provides a framework for the different stages of a building project and outlines the services an architect can provide.

Ashton Design has the experience and qualifications to help you successfully complete each stage plus the flexibility to provide a service tailored to your requirements.

Basic RIBA Plan of Work

  • Strategic Definition »
    Agreeing general requirements and practicality of proposals.
  • Preparation and Brief »
    Initial information gathered about the site, existing buildings and locality including surveys, environmental influences, heritage requirements, and initial discussions with planning department. Client’s requirements refined. If required further members of design team identified and appointed, such as structural engineer, services engineer, quantity surveyor.
  • Concept Design »
    Information developed through 2D and 3D drawings / modelling. Initial design proposals presented to all parties, including planning department, for comment and further development.
  • Development Design »
    Planning application submission prepared from agreed concept design including supporting documentation such as design access statement, heritage statement, tree surveys, etc.
  • Technical Design »
    Agreed design proposals developed into detailed drawings and specifications prepared for building regulations submission. If required drawings and specifications will be further refined for construction drawings and issued for tender.
  • Construction »
    Regular site inspections check that work is progressing in accordance with the approved design and specification. Certificates issued at the end of each month detail payments to be made to the contractor. Site queries will be resolved as required. Progress on site reviewed.
  • Handover and Close Out »
    Construction completed; a final inspection identifies any omissions or defects before the final account is agreed, excluding retention monies. After defects liability period (normally 12 months) a further inspection takes place and after satisfactory rectification of any defects final retention monies are released.